The Urban Design + Art + Wayfinding Division (UDAW) is committed to creating pedestrian-friendly, context-sensitive, dynamic streetscapes throughout the city’s five boroughs. UDAW is principally responsible for initiating and implementing designs, plans and public art installations that activate the public realm. Serving as the agency’s liaison to the New York City Public Design Commission and New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, UDAW initiates, develops, manages, coordinates and reviews a diverse array of capital improvement and pilot projects involving the planning and design of streetscapes, public open spaces, bridges, lighting and street furnishings. In conjunction with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, UDAW oversees the fabrication and installation of permanent public artwork in association with new construction and maintenance projects. UDAW also conducts a temporary public art program to install community-based artworks on DOT properties. Further, UDAW manages the agency’s WalkNYC Program responsible for designing, planning and implementing pedestrian wayfinding citywide.
The Urban Design Group is currently seeking an apprentice who shall serve as an integral participant in the full range of the unit’s capital and in-house design and planning activities and projects. Among the projects are the Street Design Manual, the Livonia Avenue Streetscape Plan in Brooklyn and the Rockaway El-Space Corridor Design Plan in Queens. Further, the intern shall assist in the design, planning and implementation of various pilot projects, particularly as part of the unit’s El-Space initiative. The initiative is a comprehensive citywide approach to planning, designing, and regenerating space beneath and adjacent to elevated transportation infrastructure (i.e., “El-Space”), including above-ground subways, bridges, and highways. The overarching objectives are equitably managing land uses and built assets, fostering environmental health, and linking neighborhoods to jobs and amenities.
A current graduate student from an accredited university in landscape architecture, architecture, urban design, urban planning, environmental design or public policy.
Specialized Knowledge and Skills:
Strong design, technical, analytical, writing and graphic communication skills are required. Other specialized knowledge and skills include proficiency in AutoCAD and ArcGIS as well as graphic programs used in developing designs, presentations, proposals, and reports such as Sketchup Pro, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and PowerPoint.
The apprentice will assist in developing urban landscape designs and plans as well as neighborhood planning and design framework studies. The intern will also play an integral staff role in coordinating projects in collaboration with city agencies and community partners. Specific tasks and responsibilities would include executing design plans and preparing presentations; carrying out planning and design research; conducting land use surveys and site inventories; entering data and creating maps; and meeting with city agency and community stakeholders.
The apprentice shall gain a broad exposure to planning and designing the public realm. While developing and contributing specialized, professional design skills, the intern shall acquire valuable experience working on a team pursuing dynamic, outside-the-box, hybrid design projects and interventions that shall make an important contribution to the city.
Summer Session: 35 hours per week
Spring/Fall Semesters: 17 hour per week